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Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2013 Results





What a MASSIVE weekend! Our best Festival yet! Were you there? Which was your favourite play? The Audience Choice award went to one of my favourite productions GOD OF CARNAGE.


Best Play went to my other favourite production 10 000 Cigarettes. These performances served as perfect examples of finding and playing truthfully the bitter reality that makes really good comedy, the need for bold and insightful direction, and the impact of exceptional ensemble work.


In previous years I’ve been able to commit to attending the festival in its entirety and taking my own notes each session, as well as sharing the adjudicator’s comments. This year I couldn’t say NO to a few events and deadlines either side of the festival! Speaking of deadlines, there’s one looming so let’s wrap up this post!




Congratulations to all involved, and thank you to the committee and the hard working volunteers. The festival would not go ahead without you.


Loved that our Adjudicator, Andrea Moor, commented on the lack of Brisbane faces in the audience and we’re hoping that we see more of you up here in the future.


Come up for a weekend of theatre and beautiful beaches!


Andrea will tell you how good the Peninsula is. And yes, we agree with you – the standard of theatre needs to be consistently good to get you here more often – and that’s what we’re working so hard to achieve year ’round as the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance. We know we’re well on the way! P.S. Look out for some BIG changes in the way companies will need to secure their place in next year’s Sunshine Coast festival!




ADJUDICATOR’S AWARD – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes, Miranda’s Dressing Room


1st CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jacqui Mata Luque for writing and Directing Context


2nd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Kate Cullen for directing Roman Fever


3rd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Crain Taylor for directing The Big Cats


4th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Rainee Skinner for writing and acting in the boy in the cardboard box


5th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

John McMahon for directing and design for Anything But Barefoot Bowls


6th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jennifer Rousset for acting in Context


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY  (female) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Commended:           Jennifer Rousset,  Context

Winner:                     Sharon Grimley, God of Carnage


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (female) – sponsored by Oriana Arts Inc

Winner:                     Kate Cullen, God of Carnage


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY (male) – sponsored by SRT Inc

Winner:                     Frank Wilkie, God of Carnage


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (male) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Winner:                     Brett Klease, God of Carnage


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Coolum theatre Players

Commended:            Karen Peart, The Big Cats

Winner:                        Marilyn Davis, Roman Fever


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

Winner:                     Jan Paterson, The Big Cats


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (male) – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre

Winner:                     Florian Coste, Limbus


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (male) – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     Les Chappell, The Big Cats


BEST SET DESIGN – The Gordon Leeder MEMORIAL Perpetual Trophy and $100 – sponsored by Caloundra Chorale & Theatre

Commended:           Anything But Barefoot Bowls, SAD Theatre Co

Winner:                      10,000 Cigarettes,  Miranda’s Dressing Room


BEST UNPUBLISHED SCRIPT –  The Philip Chappell Memorial Perpetual Trophy  and $100 sponsored by The Independent Theatre at Eumundi

Commended:         the boy in the cardboard box, Theatre s

Context,  BATS Theatre Co

Limbus, IntAct Players

Winner:                     Anything But Barefoot Bowls,  SAD Theatre Co


BEST DIRECTOR  – $100 – sponsored by Don & Shirley Anson-Smith

Commended:           Kate Cullen, Roman Fever

Craig Taylor, The Big Cats

Winner:                      Simon Denver, God of Carnage



Commended:           Roman Fever, Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co


3RD BEST PLAY – $100 – sponsored by Fox Mildwaters Solicitors

Winner:                     The Big Cats, Ipswich Little Theatre Society


2ND BEST PLAY – $200 – sponsored by Colin & Lea Anne Grevett

Winner:                     God of Carnage, Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind


BEST PLAY – The Bev McCudden Memorial Perpetual Trophy and $300 – Peninsular Beachside Resort

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes


AUDIENCE CHOICE – $100 – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre Inc

Winner:                     God of Carnage






The 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival


3 days  – 18 short plays from all over South East Queensland!

Just like a short film festival… only live!!!

Theatre companies from across South East Queensland converge on the Sunshine Coast to compete in this 3 day smorgasbord of live theatre.Great value for money and always an amazing variety of short plays throughout the weekend.

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

Lights, Camera, Spandex!

When:  August 16, 17 & 18 (Various session times)

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Inc is proud of the history of this event, more so when the festival will be staging 22 plays from around the greater South East this year between the Open and Youth Sections.

So, welcome both players and audience members alike to beautiful Buderim.

There is a great sense of family within the Festival community and we would like all theatre-makers to view our Festival as the place you can relax, unwind and play. You, the audience, will be witness to the wonderful creative cocktail that has brought everyone together, to share their talents and wholly entertain.

Don’t forget to support our Youth Theatre Festival at The Lind Theatre next Saturday August 24. We encourage all of you to attend this part of our festival as the talent amongst this group will astound and will surely be the breeding ground of the future talent on all our stages. And to that end, we are excited to announce the Youth Bursary has been increased from $200 to $1,000 thanks to the generous sponsor—Coolum Theatre Players. A huge investment in the future of theatre on the Sunshine Coast.

Our adjudicator this year is Andrea Moor. Please make her feel welcome.

An event of this scale and calibre is not possible if it were not for the tireless efforts of an army of volunteers, and like the Festival Circuit, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, comprising of BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, Oriana Arts, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, The Lind Theatre and Noosa Arts Theatre, has a growing sense of family that have all contributed their time, talents and expertise to making the Festival what it is.

Nor would it be possible without the wonderful support from our sponsors and our media partners: the Sunshine Coast Daily; ABC Coast FM; 104.9 Sunshine FM; and 101.3 Noosa Community Radio; whose generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to: our team leaders; programme compiler, Stephen Moore; and publicity dynamo Synda Turnbull.


Adjudicator: Andrea Moor

Andrea Moor has worked nationally and internationally as an actor over the last 30 years.

A NIDA graduate, Andrea has studied at East 15 in London and with The Atlantic Theatre Co in New York. She was responsible for introducing the acting technique Practical Aesthetics to Australia in 1994, co-founding PAA Australia, and the Sydney annex of the Atlantic Theatre Company of New York.

Andrea’s extensive credits as an actor include many productions with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company,

The Ensemble, The State Theatre Company of SA, Pork Chop, Marian Street and since her move to Brisbane ten years ago, The Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite. She has also worked extensively in film and television both as an actor and a performance coach.

Supported by an Arts Queensland fellowship Andrea moved into directing, establishing her own company …and moor theatre. The company produced the Australian premiere of Jon Fosse’s Beautiful and offered writer Ross Mueller the opportunity to rework his play Ghost Writer in a production at Metro Arts.

In 2011 Andrea directed the Australian premiere of Mark Swivel’s Water Falling Down for the Queensland Theatre Company and this year Andrea has received glowing reviews for her production of the Australian premiere of David Ives Venus in Fur, again for QTC. Directing credits also include Intimacy for JUTE, Furious for NIDA, Mad Forrest and Dreamplay for the NIDA Young Actors Studio, Top Girls for WAAPA and The Tempest for USQ Shakespeare in the Park. Andrea will be directing a project for QTC in 2014.

Andrea is a dedicated teacher and has just completed a Doctorate of Creative Industries (QUT) where her final paper was a comparative study of the efficacy of the acting training methodologies taught at NIDA, QUT, VCA and WAAPA.

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Cost: Festival Pass $40, Session Pass $15 (4 plays per session). 
(Visa and MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards accepted. NO eftpos facilities at venue)





Wishful Thinking (Mousetrap Theatre Co)

the boy in the cardboard box (theatre s)

The Blackness of Terror (Dizzy Productions)

Context (BATS Theatre Co Inc)


The Harvest (Jigsaw)

Smitten (Dizzy Productions)

Roman Fever (Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co)


In The Blood (KSP Theatre)

10, 000 Cigarettes (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

Anything But Barefoot Bowls (SAD Thetare Co)

God of Carnage (Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind)


Void (Brisbane Arts Theatre)

Triangle (Down Stage Left)

LIMBUS (IntAct Players)

Hoosierdaddy (Excalibur Theatre Co)


Til Death Do We Part (Pegasus Entertainment)

Lights, Camera, Spandex! (Golden Glove Productions)

The Big Cats (Ipswich Little Theatre Society)




Venus In Fur

Venus In Fur

Queensland Theatre Co

QPAC Cremorne

27 June – 07 July 2013


Reviewed by Xanthe Coward


Vanda: You dare to resist me?


Thomas: Yes, I dare.


Vanda: You little piece of nothing! You dust! You dare to resist a goddess?




                                                                                                                 David Mamet



Libby Munro Vens In Fur

Libby Munro has all this and more. Much, much more. She’s the complete package, a goddess, which is so exciting; especially at this stage of QTC’s 2013 season, in this highly anticipated Australian premiere of David IvesVenus In Fur. Quite simply, actors of Munro’s calibre don’t come around often…and it was time. Just saying…no, but really! Wow! What a find! (Can we keep her?)! As Vanda, Munro completely spoils us; she’s the ultimate seductress, with strong principles and a Pilates-toned Honey Birdette clad bod to make even this gym bunny think about upping the weekly classes. If only I had the time to keep up with that kinda’ tone! If only I had the energy! That is commitment to the role.


Munro is the unequivocal star of this two-hander, and although Todd MacDonald does everything within his power to balance the power on stage it’s as if he can never do quite enough to get our attention for very long, David Ives has written Thomas this way and MacDonald does all he needs to as the adaptor and director of the play inspired by the erotic 19th century novella by Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch. When Vanda bursts in late for her audition, she brings with her a new perspective on the play, and the power struggle – and incredibly cleverly the play within the play – begins. The transformation takes place magically, in a single breath at the top of the stairs in a perfectly functional and evocative set designed by Simone Romaniuk (beautifully evocative lighting, including lightning, by David Walters and soundscape, complete with actors’ beats and thunderstorm by Guy Webster). When you see it you’ll see it. The transformation. And you’ll realise in that instant that this is the most perfect piece of casting we’re likely to see on a Brisbane stage this year.


Venus In Fur

Director, Andrea Moor, who brought William H. Macy and David Mamet’s Practical Aesthetics actor training to Australia in 1988, has taken such a bold, intelligent approach that we can’t fail to get every message here, however; ultimately the corny conclusion lets us down on one level, reducing the entire brilliantly layered gender argument to a comic book style statement (It’s Barbarella Barbie proclaiming, Spice Girls style, “Girls rule!” I was going to pop in an image here, actually, but Google gave me some of the most disturbing Barbie images ever, and Munro presents a much better picture in the end, regardless of my opinion on the statement she makes!). This image appears to please the majority but I was left wanting more, which, like all good erotica, may well have been the intention. I felt her win would have been even more momentous if these two had had their night of passion. AND THEN SHE LEAVES HIM. But no, not even a pash at the post! You can only imagine my disappointment! The gun was on stage without being fired! I’d love to know what you think about the final moments of the play.


David Ives has threaded throughout the text, the most enticing political tidbits; nothing new, timeless in fact, which is why the sentiments seem to ring so true. It has always been thus! But what if Vanda were to return the following day to continue working on the production? I can’t help but wonder. What fantastic theatre it is, making us laugh and gasp and talk for days afterwards about so many different aspects of the production (including, to my surprise, the notion of offering a program to every patron, included in their ticket price, which astonished my sister from Melbourne, where coffee is cheap and programs are not!).


What a beautifully captured production, to make me want to read the original novella, the play, AND the director’s notes in the margins of her copy of the script. Each time I see something of Andrea Moor’s head and heart on stage I do wonder why we’re not seeing more from her. More Moor, please. It’s rich, intelligent, actors’ acting that appeals just as much to the masses, who are getting so used to seeing good live theatre in Brisbane we can’t expect anyone to accept anything less.


Venus in Fur is a coup for Brisbane and for our state theatre company. Let’s hope our friends in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide (at the very least) demand to see it too!



Venus in Fur: Afternoon Delight!

Afternoon Delight with the cast of Venus In Fur

Meredith McLean


I can’t wait to see this one. Venus in Fur has been lurking on the posters and walls around the city for a while now and the preview is finally here! This Saturday, Venus in Fur will have its first run with an audience. Have you booked yet?


I went to the afternoon tea with the company – conversations and drinks. It was good to mingle and see them just chill out before the five week run of this production starting this weekend.


The venue couldn’t have been better. Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall hidden on Caxton Street was superb. Very New Orleans-ish, dim lit with champagne ready. On one of the moose heads mounted on the ceiling I even spotted a bra hanging off the antlers, so no doubt fun times have been had here in the past.


Libby Munro, the leading lady in this erotic duologue for a show, was beaming the whole time. No doubt running on the adrenalin knowing the show is so soon. She announced that they were doing the tech bump-in tonight and that’s how you know it’s really happening. She even confessed she was counting down the five weeks until she could have a strong drink, because you really need your wits about you when you are the energy of the show.


The lovely director Andrea Moor got into a discussion more on the lines of Brisbane it self rather than the show when I spoke to her. We all agreed no one realizes how culturally geared Brisbane truly is. The beauty of these smaller theatres is that they can be daring and risqué unlike others. QPAC, though certainly not a small theatre, often chooses these smaller casted plays over others Moor said, because Brisbane can facilatate them faster and better than a huge 12-man or more production.


But regardless of everyone’s opinions on brisbane’s theatre scene there was a collective buzz about Venus in Fur. With drinks and posters going around, the words on everyone’s lips was “I want to see it.”


Venus in Fur will be running at QPAC from 22nd of June to 27th of July before it makes the move for the tour. Don’t hesitate to see this one. Just because I can’t doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – I don’t doubt there are good things to come.


The end of a long day of casting, and playwright-director Thomas (Todd Macdonald) can’t find the right woman. He needs beautiful-sexy-articulate, young, with a “particle of brain”. He needs someone to play a mistress, but has endured a parade of 35 misfires.


Thomas is adapting Venus In Furs, the infamously kinky 1870 novel by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch –the etymological father of masochism. It calls for a purring, confident dominatrix.


He gets more than he expected when the raging storm blows in Vanda (Libby Munro) – late, frazzled, with the very litany of the flaws he just decried. She talks of Venus in Furs as one might talk of Fifty Shades of Grey.


As the director takes a chance and allows her to read anyway, the balance of power tilts between actress and director, mistress and slave. Thomas and Vanda become two people handcuffed at the heart in David Ives’ deliciously sassy, sexy, character-driven power-play.


Take direction: Submit, and spend an evening at the mercy of Venus in Fur.



travelling north in noosa

Noosa Arts Theatre’s production of David Williamson’s Travelling North, directed by Steven Tandy, opens…


Actually, it’s looking okay (tech weekend coming up!) and, considering the Gala Opening Night, which will be attended by David and Kristen Williamson,  is completely sold out and ticket sales for the season are way ahead of where they were for Influence last year (a sell-out season), you’d better get in quickly and book or you’ll miss out on the show and seeing it in the newly renovated theatre. I’m lucky there was a seat for Sam – the last one for Opening Night – I was almost divorced. Why he can’t be responsible for booking his own ticket when I’m busy concentrating on lines and shoes and props, I don’t know.



Travelling North will be the first production in the newly refurbished Noosa Arts Theatre. It’s appropriate that this play should be chosen because it’s one of the best loved plays by the patron of Noosa Arts Theatre, David Williamson.

Many will have seen the delightful film version of this play starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey), Julie Blake (Bed of Roses), Henri Szeps (Mother & Son) and Graham Kennedy. Andrea Moor, Sydney bred and now based in Brisbane, appears as Frank’s daughter, Joan.

One of the central themes of this play will resonate with many who have “travelled north” to seek a better live in beautiful warm surroundings but who still have family obligations, which often take us away from their cherished retirement retreat.  Also, ill health can shatter our dreams of an easy life.  How do we struggle to balance family obligations with personal desires and should we keep promises when circumstances change?

The main characters, Frank & Frances, have a twilight love affair and travel north to find a new life together, away from burdensome family obligations.  Their escape is short lived when family issues and ill health intrude on their idyll.

To summarise – this is a beautifully written play that has at its centre, two wonderfully drawn characters dealing with the complexities of their lives and their relationships. Frank and Frances demand the right to live a life not defined by their children. This is David Williamson in top form with sharp, spiky and witty dialogue in abundance and themes that are at the heart of all our lives, particularly as we get older.

This play will be directed by Steven Tandy, who is best known for playing Tom Sullivan in the hit TV series The Sullivans.  He is an experienced director, having directed many plays in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


  • Gala Fund-Raising First Night – APRIL 4 – all tickets $50 (includes drink on arrival and light supper at interval with David and Kristin Williamson)
  • Evenings APRIL 5, 6 (Good Friday – no bar), 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7.30pm
  • Matinees APRIL 8 (Easter Sunday) and 15 at 2pm

Ticket Prices:

  • Gala First Night (April 4) – all tickets $50 SOLD OUT
  • Adults $26
  • Concessions $22
  • Members and Groups* $20
  • Children (U13) $15


  • Phone sales- 5449 9343, Monday to Saturday, 9am to noon from March 10
  • Online – click here

*Groups are defined as 10 or more people, please phone (07) 5449 9343 to organise.

To book the wheelchair access seat, please phone (07) 5449 9343